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Royal Air Force Hednesford

Ensign of the Royal Air Force

near Hednesford, Staffordshire, England
Type Training camp
Coordinates Latitude: 52.734
Longitude: -1.986
Built 1939 (1939)
In use 1940–1956
Demolished 1970
Open to
the public
Yes as Cannock Chase Country Park

RAF Hednesford was an RAF station situated 7.5 miles (12.1 km) south-east of Stafford, Staffordshire, England.


During the post-World War II years of compulsory National Service, it was used as a Basic Training Camp. It was very first base of most personnel there during 1940s to 1950S. most of whom were newly called up in the rank of AC2 (the very lowest rank in the RAF) for their 2 years National Service in the British armed forces known as a "square bashing camp" in the vernacular.

At RAF Hednesford new recruits into the RAF were given their initial training, which included first learning of RAF parade ground drill with rifles, intensive physical fitness training, training in ground combat and defence under Non Commissioned Officers of the RAF Regiment and some education about the RAF and its history.

Men while undergoing their basic training at Hednesford were accommodated in wooden barrack huts, each one housing about twenty men. Because Hednesford was a basic training camp with no airfield there, discipline was very much stricter than it would be at any normal RAF operational or trade training camp.

Recruits normally spent a period of 8 weeks on their training at Hednesford before being posted on to their "trade training" camp elsewhere in the United Kingdom. Thousands of conscripts went through its gates up until 1955. The station was subsequently used as a refugee camp for Hungarians fleeing the Hungarian Uprising of 1956. It was located just south of Cannock Chase, which was designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1958.


External linksEdit

  • Map of area (MULTIMAP) [1]

RAF Hednesford - site that covers people that used to be posted there and the history of the camp [2]

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